How Vinny Del Negro Went from Whipping Boy to Early-Season Coach of the Year

November 20th, 2012 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
It's a crazy thought, but Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro seems to be doing something effective with the team that he has been criticized about over the past two seasons. He is finally getting whatever monkey was on his back to jump off, and people have even stopped calling for him to be fired.

I wouldn't advocate for him to be included in the list of the league's most elite coaches, or even in the top 14, but something tells me he's turned a bit of a corner, or at least he's got a team that's allowed him to do so.

Every season the Coach of the Year Award tends to go to whichever coach either improves his team the most or ends up with a whole mess of wins during the regular season, both of which seem like possibilities for Del Negro's Clippers.

Perhaps the most impressive accomplishment of the year, Del Negro finally elicited a word of positivity out of Bill Simmons after they beat San Antonio for the second time:


Clips beat SA again. Gotta say, Vinny is doing well this season - like the lineups he's using and he's sticking to rotations. Much improved.

— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) Nov ...

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